Tom Bond leads Dunes Medal

South Australia’s Tom Bond opened with a 6-under-par, 66, for a one stroke lead over Taylor Macdonald at The Dunes Medal in Victoria.

Ranked as a Tier Two Golf Australia ranking event, this week’s tournament has attracted a number of our emerging amateurs.

Tom Bond Tom Bond (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Oliver Goss, the Western Australian Open winner, is three off the pace after an opening round of 69 to be in a tie for 4th position along with Chris Brown the Golf SA Classic winner and James McMillian.

Taylor Macdonald, who recently shot a 57 at Redcliffe Golf Club and featured strongly at last month’s Federal Amateur, is one behind Bond after an opening round of 67.

Jarrod Freeman and Ryan Woodward are currently in a tie for third with rounds of 68.

Daniel Bringolf, winner of the recent Federal Amateur, opened with a 2-under-par 70 to sit in a tie for 10th position, a stroke in front of Rory Bourke, Daniel McGraw and Ruben Sondjaja.

Defending champion Todd Sinnott is six off the pace following an opening even-par 72.

Brady Watt will also need to make his move after an opening 73, which has the Keperra Bowl and Lake Macquarie Amateur champion in a tie for 38th position, two inside the top-40 plus ties cut mark that will play the final two rounds, with the championship title being determined on Friday.

Former winners of the Dunes Medal include Alistair Presnell (2003), Jason Day (2005), Rick Kulacz (2006), Bryden Macpherson (2008), Kieran Pratt (2009) and last year Sinnott won at 7-under par for a two stroke victory over Victoria’s Geoff Drakeford.